Lead Carpenter Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Lead Carpenters earn an average of $22.77 per hour. Total cash compensation to Lead Carpenters bottoms out near $36K and approaches $73K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than a third enjoy medical while just under one in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly an eighth. The majority of Lead Carpenters claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,318 - $76,152
$36K
$52K
$76K
MEDIAN: $51,962
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$16.48 - $33.13
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MEDIAN: $22.66
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$0$76K
Salary $36,318 - $76,152
Bonus $309.13 - $5,087
Profit Sharing $919 - $6,851
Commission $2,050
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$36,342 - $72,933
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 94
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $16.48 - $33.13
Hourly Tips $2.50
Overtime $23.53 - $45.28
Annual Data $0$72K
Bonus $309.13 - $5,087
Commission $2,050
Profit Sharing $919 - $6,851
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$36,342 - $72,933
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 909

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Job Description for Lead Carpenter

A lead carpenter is a skilled laborer with a focus on constructing wood-based products. Most lead carpenters work in an industrial or construction setting to build housing frames (rather than building rocking chairs and furniture); however, some upscale furniture products are still made by hand. The work life of a lead carpenter varies depending on the industry. Some carpenters have more structured work hours; for example, they may work during regular business hours with pay for any overtime work. Some carpenters are self-employed with work hours that are much more variable.

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Lead Carpenter Tasks

  • Analyze construction blueprints and plans to create timeline, project layouts, and resource needs.
  • Prepare, build, repair, and remodel project elements as needed.
  • Inspect site for safety, changes and progress and communicate effectively to clients and team.
  • Manage team members and validate their work regularly.

Common Career Paths for Lead Carpenter


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Though it's uncommon, some Lead Carpenters move into roles as Construction Project Managers, where pay is an average $75K per year. More commonly, Lead Carpenters become Construction Project Managers or Construction Foremans.

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Popular Skills for Lead Carpenter


Lead Carpenters seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Carpenter, Carpentry, and lead carpenter are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 14 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those listing Flooring Installation as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Kitchen/Bath and TRIM also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Blueprints also tend to know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Lead Carpenter

Pay by Experience for a Lead Carpenter has a positive trend. An entry-level Lead Carpenter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 107 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Lead Carpenter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 225 salaries. An experienced Lead Carpenter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 516 salaries. A Lead Carpenter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 402 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,768

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Lead Carpenters, working in the bustling city of Boston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Lead Carpenters will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+23 percent), Washington (+18 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), and St. Paul (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Cincinnati, which sits 18 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 13 percent less in Indianapolis and 10 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Lead Carpenter Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Lead Carpenter?

Lead Carpenter in Roseville:
"Intelligent lead."
Pros: Flexibility variety.
Cons: No benefit package.

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Key Stats for Lead Carpenter

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 190 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
41%
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Experience Affects Lead Carpenter Salaries

▲2%

▼0%

National Average
$51,000

▼7%

▼18%

Skills That Affect Lead Carpenter Salaries

Carpenter
▲22%

Carpentry
▲14%

lead carpenter
▲4%

Finish Carpentry
▲2%




▼0%

National Average
$51,000

Siding Installation
▼1%



▼11%

TRIM
▼15%

Kitchen/Bath
▼17%

Flooring Installation
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 190 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 37%
dental benefits
Dental: 19%
vision benefits
Vision: 13%
no benefits
None: 62%
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